Fourteenth Annual Holy Spirit Lecture and logo



Monday, October 4th, 2021

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom
Power Center, Duquesne University - Reception to follow in the adjoining Fides Shepperson Suite

  • Free and open to the public
  • RSVP requested by not required: email

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Description of Keynote Address:

It is important to remember that the disciples were gathered in the upper room from the death of Jesus to the Pentecost, effectively grieving.  Attending to their experience of grief and the attendant experience of being vulnerable, they were subsequently incited to recognize the risen Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Believing that vulnerability and recognition are the preconditions for acting out of conscience, I propose to connect all four to one another as effective ways that the Spirit summons us.

Guest lecturer - James F. Keenan, S.J.

picture of guest lecturer James F KeenanJames F. Keenan, S.J., is the Canisius Chair, Director of the Jesuit Institute, and Vice-Provost for Global Engagement at Boston College.  A Jesuit priest since 1982, he received a licentiate and a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has edited or written 25 books and published over 400 essays, articles, and reviews. He presently serves as the President of the Society of Christian Ethics. As the founder of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC), a network of over 1500 Catholic ethicists (, he chaired the international conferences in Padua (2006), Trento (2010) and Sarajevo (2018).  In addition to Boston College, he has taught at Fordham University, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, John Carroll University, the Ateneo de Manila, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore, and at his alma mater. Recently he wrote University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics and edited two books, Building Bridges in Sarajevo: The Plenary Papers of Sarajevo 2018 and Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics. His A History of Catholic Ethics is due out next year with Paulist Press.  In June 2019, he received the John Courtney Murray Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Respondent - Neomi De Anda

picture of Respondent Speaker Neomi De AndraDr. Neomi De Anda is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and a Research Associate with the  Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton. She teaches and researches in the areas of religion, languages, and cultures; Latinx Christology; race and ethnic studies; and women and gender studies. Her research interests also include Marianist Catholic higher education, and the intersection of race and migration. To ground her research, she partners with the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative and the Hope Border Institute. Dr. DeAnda is the author of several book chapters, essays, and articles, and she is past president for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). She is the recent winner of the University of Dayton's 2021 Award for Faculty Teaching as well as a 2020 recipient of UDayton's Courageous Woman's Voice Award. 


Tuesday, October 5
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Africa Room
Presentations by international scholars and panel discussion


Dr. Rufus Burnett is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Fordham University. Dr. Burnett's research focuses on the sonic, spatial, and embodied realities of the Christian imagination. Burnett's constructive theological approach to systematics looks to expose the theological insight of people groups that respond to domination through the creative use of cultural production. His latest text, "Decolonizing Revelation: A Spatial Reading of the Blues," engages the cultural production of the blues as an option for delinking the Christian imagination of revelation, from oppressive foreclosures within nationalism, U.S. Christianities, race, class, sexuality, and ethnocentrism. 

Paper title: Captive Cartographies of Possibility: A Spatial Unthinking of Universal Vulnerability and Marginality

Dr. Amanda C. Osheim is the Endowed Professor of the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Loras College.  Her publications include A Ministry of Discernment:  The Bishop and the Sense of the Faithful with Liturgical Press and "Stepping toward a Synodal Church" in Theological Studies.  Her current research project develops an examination of conscience to aid church communities in imitating Christ's kenotic vulnerability. 

Paper title: Vulnerable as Christ:  Privilege and the Kenotic Marks of the Church  

Dr. Charles Mathewes is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books and his latest books, A Future for Political Theology and Another City: Reading Augustine After Secularism, are forthcoming.  He is currently co-directing a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, on "Religion and its Publics."  He has served as Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion and on the House of Bishops Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church, the Committee on the Future of Christian Ethics for the Society of Christian Ethics.  

Paper title: Vulnerability and Its Challenges

Dr. Melissa Pagán is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Mount St. Mary's University. Her current research provides a feminist decolonial and critical spatial appraisal of Catholic Social Teaching. Dr. Pagán is a recent recipient of a First Book Grant for Scholars of Color from the Louisville Institute. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, and for the Web Branch of Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc. and is the current Chair for the Committee on Underrepresented Groups for the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Paper title: (Mis)recognition, Grief, and Rage: Naming the Constitutive Elements of the Hermeneutics of El Grito    

Rev. Dr. Elochukwu Uzukwu, C.S.Sp. is the Rev. Pierre Shouver, C.S.Sp. Chair in Mission and  Professor of Theology at Duquesne University. Dr. Uzukwu specializes in theologies of inculturation, a topic on which he has taught and lectured throughout the world. He is the editor of Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology, and author of Liturgy, Truly Christian, Truly African (1982); A Listening Church: Autonomy and Communion in African Churches (1996; 2006); Worship as Body Language: Introduction to Christian Worship, an African Orientation (1997).

Paper title: Summoned by the Margin: Responding to the Attraction of the Holy Spirit as Spiritan Vocation

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The Annual Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium is an expression of Duquesne's mission and charism as a University founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and dedicated to the Holy Spirit.

This ongoing series of lectures and colloquia encourages the exploration of ideas pertaining to the theology of the Holy Spirit within an ecumenical context and in dialogue with contemporary issues. Lectures are published and mailed out gratis, while also being available on this website.